Thorns in the Straw

I recorded this song for a Christmas event at my church. It was written by Graham Kendrick, who is best known for congegational worship songs of 1980s that have not necessarily aged very well; but he was also rather a good singer-songwriter. This is his meditation on what Mary must have felt on the first Christmas, and whether even then she saw in Christmas the seeds of Easter.

Yes, it could do with a lot of tidying up; yes, I’m flat on the first high note on the chorus (“did she see there“); yes, there’s a fluff on on the guitar chord just after “here it comes again”. But at least there is a scientifically rigorous Brachiosaurus model on the mantelpiece behind me.

For what it’s worth, I find this song genuinely moving.

4 responses to “Thorns in the Straw

  1. Richard G. Whitbread

    Very well done, Michael. I enjoyed that.

  2. Late comment here: I wanted to say thank you for introducing me to a song which I promptly included in our church’s Christmas Eve service to provide a much-needed break from the ‘tradition’.
    And yes, I enjoyed your version too.

  3. Thanks, David, great to know!

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